The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an independent Dutch organisation working worldwide to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a good start in life. We inspire and inform large-scale action that improves the health and wellbeing of young children – especially the most vulnerable – and the people who care for them.
About the Role
The Urban95 officer will provide advice and technical assistance to partners implementing scaling partnerships with Urban95 cities, help build internal and external capacity on implementation and monitoring of urban initiatives, scan global innovative urban practices to share with our country teams, and assist with Early Years Thought Leadership activities including coordination of our yearly Urban95 convening.
What You're Gonna Do
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
- Identify and provide appropriate technical assistance on urban policy, programs and
project implementation to strategic partners and teams in our portfolio countries and
in our learning partnerships. Particularly focus on early years lens through sustainable
mobility, public space, neighbourhood planning, air quality, climate change, social
justice and monitoring and evaluation.
- Support knowledge exchange and building capacity on implementation of urban
initiatives both internally within BvLF staff and externally with existing and new
- Lead and support uptake, maintenance, and update of BvLF’s existing Urban 95
knowledge products, tools, and training resources.
- Globally scan and share innovative practices in urban planning and design that have
positive outcomes for babies, toddlers, and caregivers.
Network Management and Events Co-ordination
- Support and co-ordinate knowledge uptake activities such as Executive Education
courses, study tours, convenings and events to build capacity on the field across
- Co-ordinate our yearly Urban95 convening.
- Connect and foster collaboration amongst network of Urban 95 cities, global partners,
- Support the management team with portfolio of global grants and partnerships.
- Provide general and specific support to any administrative work or projects assigned by
Program Support for Scaling Initiatives
- Work across teams and sectors to define the areas where the foundation can add the
most value and help to facilitate support for the partners.
- Adapt global knowledge to local contexts towards the development of innovative pilots
and programs answering the needs of young children and families in different
- Support and ideate for ongoing efforts to integrate Parent+, Urban 95 and Early Years
Thought Leadership objectives in our grants
Urban Expertise and Experience
- Master’s degree or bachelor's degree along with additional two years of relevant experience in urban studies, planning, policy, social science, or related field.
- Expertise in policy on urban planning and design with proven track of implementing urban initiatives and programs.
- Five or more years of relevant and practical experience, including considerable experience in working with or for city governments and non-profit institutions.
- Excellent knowledge of urban issues in relation to climate change, health, social justice, gender, and equity.
Communication and management skills
- Strong communication skills: can extract/synthesize and structure information for different audiences and develop materials to deliver key messages.
- Effective project management skills: able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Experience in negotiating contracts and delivering specific outcomes according to contract is a plus.
- An aptitude for transferring knowledge and sharing learnings with partners and team members.
- Cross-cultural competency to engage with diverse populations and in diverse cultural settings.
- Well-developed emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-management, and empathy.
EUR 3072 – EUR 4224 gross per month excluding benefits
This job is available for international candidates.